The Presidential Executive Office has been instructed to inform state officials and other categories of civil servants of the need to comply with their obligations to follow the proper procedures and provide timely information on circumstances that would or could create a conflict of interests with regard to their official duties.
The Presidential Executive Office has also been instructed to draft proposals on introducing an oath for civil servants and disciplinary penalties for breaking this oath, and on legal amendments enabling verification of completeness and accuracy of information on income, assets and financial liability provided by municipal officials.
The Presidential Executive Office, together with the Government, Supreme Court, Prosecutor General’s Office, Accounts Chamber, other relevant federal state agencies, and civil society institutions and organisations, has been instructed to present a draft national anti-corruption plan for 2016–2017.
Instructions for the Government concern internal financial audit of the main disbursers of federal budget money and monitoring work on large projects involving state funds.
The Government has been instructed to draft proposals on legal amendments concerning, in particular, allocation of budget subsidies, various types of purchases, and stricter criminal penalties and more effective mechanisms for preventing misappropriation during purchases of goods, work and services for state and municipal needs.
The Prosecutor General’s Office, together with the Supreme Court and the Presidential Executive Office, has been instructed to present to the President draft federal laws on penalties for corruption-related offences, in particular, confiscation of guilty individuals’ assets for state needs following their dismissal from state or municipal service.
Instructions to the Prosecutor General’s Office and other law enforcement agencies concern measures to prevent and end the practice of kickbacks, identify and eliminate corruption-related activity during purchases of goods, work and services for state and municipal needs, and monitor the bans on particular categories of persons from opening and possessing accounts and holding cash and valuables in foreign banks located outside Russian territory, and owning and using foreign financial instruments.
The Federal Service for Financial Monitoring, the Russian Foreign Ministry and other relevant federal agencies, have been instructed to examine the possibility of concluding within the BRICS group on return of assets obtained by criminal means.
The Supreme Court, together with the Presidential Executive Office, Prosecutor General’s Office, Investigative Committee, Interior Ministry and other relevant federal state agencies, has been instructed to prepare and present to the President draft federal laws on criminal liability for officials who take bribes in cases where the bribe is paid not to the official in question, but to another individual or legal entity designated by them; criminal liability for commercial bribes paid to managers in commercial or other organisations in cases where the bribe is paid not to the manager in question, but to another physical individual or legal entity designated by them; and harsher penalties for giving and receiving bribes and for acting as a middleman in bribery cases.
Instructions and recommendations were also issued to the Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoys to the Federal Districts, regional governors, heads of federal state agencies, and heads of state corporations (companies), funds and other organisations established by the state on the basis of federal law.